Managing an International PPC Campaign

One of the most exciting things about the digital age is its contribution to growing the global community. We are all more connected and more accessible to one another than we have ever been. While that is monumental for social and political reasons, it also fundamentally changes our ability to do business internationally. 20 years ago a U.S. business may never have considered a customer base in Beijing. Today, it’s happening every minute.
Taking a brand worldwide creates new potential for revenue but it also adds a new level of complexity to your marketing strategy. You have to understand language, cultural and legal nuances to effectively reach people in various countries. When you’re dealing with online advertising, you have to understand how targeting and bidding will be impacted by expanding into other countries.
In this post, we’ll cover tactics for reaching an international audience via PPC advertising. First, start by thinking about how international targeting relates to your campaign structure.

 

International Flags

 

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Megalytic Announces Support for Scandinavian and Finnish Languages

Reporting tool now provides digital marketers with reports and dashboards in Dansk, Svenska, Bokmål, and Suomi.
Megalytic, the leader in report automation for digital marketers, announced today that their product now publishes digital marketing reports in 4 new languages. Responding to customer demand from Scandinavia, Megalytic now provides translations of chart titles, column headings, axis labeling, date ranges, metric names, etc. in the following languages:
  • Danish
  • Swedish
  • Norwegian
  • Finnish
Megalytic users can set a default language for their reporting and override that default for individual reports. So, a Digital Agency in Denmark may set their default language to Dansk (Danish), but if they are creating a report for a client in Sweden, they could select Svenska (Swedish) for that client’s report.
Users also have the ability to override individual translations within a report. For example, in Suomi (Finnish), Megalytic translates “Bounce Rate” as “Kimmokemäärä”, but if the English term is preferred in a particular chart or table, users can override the translation and manually enter “Bounce Rate” in one place, while the rest of the report remains in Suomi.
This is a follow-on enhancement that furthers our commitment to Support for Multiple Languages.

For more information, read the full: press release.

What To Do When Google Analytics is Not Reporting Important Data

You’ve got your popcorn ready. It’s been weeks since you launched your new website, and the geek in you is ready to consume all the data like it’s the release of the latest Marvel superhero flick. So, you log into Google Analytics. You’re anticipating droves of people visiting your brand new site and you’re anxious to study their behaviors. Then suddenly, excitement turns to horror when you see a grand total of zero sessions for the entire period that your site’s been live. If you’re accountable to provide traffic results to your boss or to a client, horror turns to panic. You now have no data to pull from.
You know that you SHOULD be seeing traffic on your site. You’ve been running ad campaigns that show clicks to your site. Organic search was previously driving daily traffic. You’ve been linking to your site from social media. So have you actually had no visits, or was Google Analytics not configured properly?
Get ready to channel your inner Nancy Drew and launch a thorough investigation to answer these questions.
As powerful as Google Analytics is, any number of problems can interfere with collecting accurate data. In this article, we’ll review some common reasons Google Analytics may not be showing the numbers you expect.

 

Google Analytics Data is Missing

 

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Facebook Carousel Ads: Creating & Reporting

Let’s be honest, the world is filled with marketing noise. From billboards that line our highways to the ads that inject themselves into the middle of articles we’re reading. Ads are so pervasive that, as consumers, we find ourselves trying to filter out the extraneous media begging us to “look at me!”
We marketers will not be deterred though. We will not bow out. We will, however, seize every opportunity presented by advertising platforms to gain an edge; to make our voices heard above the din.
Facebook gives us the chance to speak to our potential customers in a way that can feel almost personal and differentiates our brand from the noise. But when you’re creating ads that will run in Facebook’s News Feed, you’re constantly competing for people’s attention against posts that range from dog videos to grandkid photos.
To stand out, you need ads that are visually engaging, that clearly communicate your brand message and, most importantly, drive the user to action. Facebook’s Carousel ad format may be the answer.
Carousels allow you to put an interactive ad in front of users where they can scroll through imagery, see multiple messages, and click through to your site. They’ve been known to drive up to a 10x higher clickthrough rate (CTR) when compared with standard image ads. You can use images as well as video to place your message front and center.
See the examples below for some creative uses of carousel ads. One is from Facebook itself promoting their Workplace product, featuring a sequential series of images touting benefit points. The other is from Reinvently, who use an image that’s broken into multiple squares which graphically flow into one another.
In this post, we’ll walk you through creating your own Facebook carousel ad and reporting on its performance.

 

Facebook Carousel Ad Examples

 

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Analytics Vs. Reporting: Adding Insight to Data

When someone is speaking, do you simply hear them or are you truly listening?
Listening implies a conscious choice, an investment in the words being spoken. With digital data, some of the same principles apply. Month to month, are you providing analytics to your clients or are you truly reporting?
In the case of analytics versus reporting, analytics is the numbers, the raw data that is captured by a platform like Google Analytics. Whereas reporting indicates an interpretation of that data. It is an effort to extract insights that can drive decisions and actions. The ability to distinguish between the two, and provide the latter, is what can make or break your relationship with clients.
Sounds easy enough, right? Unfortunately, sometimes the closer you are to the analytics the harder it can be to see them through someone else’s eyes.
As an online marketer, it’s all too easy to assume that everyone understands the meaning inherent in the data you’re immersed in every day. Your comprehension of how the AdWords bidding system works or how Google crawls page content is second nature. So when you’re going through reports in Google Analytics and exporting spreadsheets full of information, you may operate in a bubble where you’re ready take action on the data without a translation.
For instance, you may see that a landing page has a high bounce rate and low conversion rate from ads. Instinctually, you know to adjust the content on the page. However, when presenting this to a client, will they understand what bounce rate and conversion rate are, how you determined those metrics were poor and why that made you decide to change the content? Not to mention, do they understand how those numbers relate to whether or not their business is making money from digital marketing?
In this article, we’ll cover a few tips for adding insight to your data to ensure that you’re providing valuable, thorough reporting and not just raw numbers.

 

Megalytic Chart of Organic Traffic

 

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